As per latest reports, Facebook will not introduce a crucifix emoji even after a few Church groups have insisted on the same. Speculations were rife that Mark Zuckerberg might as well give in to the demands of these Church groups and finally go ahead with the crucifix emoji or reaction.
Facebook: The Evolution of Emojis through the Passage of Time
For all the Facebook users who were almost done with the Facebook “likes”, the social media giant went on to introduce a string of reactions at one go – “Love”, “Wow” “Angry” and “Haha”. The crucifix emoji which will be defined by a cross symbol – if at all it sees the light of the day- has garnered substantial attention in recent times.
The social media giant had introduced the emoji of the rainbow flag in honor of the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) community. The particular step was followed by the church groups’ demand for the introduction of the cross symbol.
LGBT Community: About Facebook’s Endorsement
Notably, the rainbow flag has been the symbol of the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community since 1970. Zuckerberg had gone ahead with the implementation of the rainbow flag button in the month of June when several LGBT celebrations take place in the United States of America.
The step drew flak from a few Church groups or Christians who complained that the company had given them no such representation. Notably, Hikmat Hanna – a Facebook user had observed that there was no option to express their religious inclination through a symbol of crucifix. There were further deliberations on the logic – Christianity and sexuality, it seemed were cut from the same cloth or were completely pitted against each other. In that case, the advocates of the crucifix symbol argued if the LGBT flag had found a place in Facebook then even the Christian symbol should have found its rightful place as well.
What Exactly Happened
Notably the Hanna’s post did not really demand for the inclusion of the symbol of any other religion but only that of Christianity. Joshua Feuerstein – an US evangelist shared the image among 2.2 million followers. What followed was complete mayhem on social media. The post was shared 10,000 times. Feuerstein has been notoriously endorsing his religious views through YouTube for quite some time now.
As per reports, however, Mark Zuckerberg is in no mood to entertain these demands or requests. Facebook is not looking forward to add the religious emoji. The spokesperson of Facebook made it very clear that crucifix emoji is not there on Facebook and it has no plans to integrate the same any time soon as well.
It remains to be seen how the religious – read Christian groups react to the same. And, if at all the symbol goes on to be included then religious groups other than the Christian ones can have certain reactions up their sleeve as well.
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